Folio, title-page in red and black, with four full-page plates (that of a manual counting system – i.e. hand signals for numbers – shaved at the foot), forty-eight smaller metal or wood engravings in the text (that on p. 221 shaved at the outer margin), the metal plates although unsigned nearly all by David Loggan; longitudinal label on final leaf excised, tear to the foot of Q1; else a very good, crisp copy in early eighteenth-century panelled calf, rubbed, morocco label, hinges cracked but cords sound; signature and bookplate of William Nisbet of Dirleton, East Lothian.
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First edition, posthumous, of Holyday’s Juvenal, with a reprint of his Persius (Oxford, 1616). This sumptuous volume was edited by Holyday’s step-son, W. Dewy, with learned and discursive annotations which are in turn illustrated by engravings, mainly of classical antiquities, but also of plants, fish, an abacus, a swing, and a particularly fine view of Tivoli. Holyday, sometime chaplain to Charles I, was archdeacon of Oxford and the author of Technogamia, or the Marriages of the Arts, a notable academic comedy in English which was acted at Christ Church in 1618. Among friends who helped supply ‘diverse excellent Manuscripts’ of Juvenal were Selden and ‘my dear friend’ Ben Jonson, who ‘sent-in ... an ancient manuscript partly written in the Saxon character’. In turn Holyday contributed commendatory verses to Jonson’s Q. Horatius Flaccus His Art of Poetry.
Wing J 1276; Madan 2979.
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